Sunday, August 23, 2015

Composition Doll From Ohio

      A little ol' doll came from Ohio, last month.  She measured 26", she's probably about 80 years old, but she is not saying for sure.  

      She had a bad gash next to her left eye.  She is a composition doll with straw body and legs.

     She is a big girl!  I nick-named her, "Stretch".  She didn't seem to mind.  After considering how to take care of her, and some lengthy attention, she turned out real pretty!

                              Brown eyes, and a new hair color seemed to brighten her up.

   I made her some lovely little undies.  A camisole, and a pair of bloomers with lace.  Her shoes and socks were painted on, cleaning up her legs and feet nicely.  The shoes are the " old button- up- the- side," type. 

    Once her dress was made, with the matching bonnet, she needed a real name.  Ashley, seems to suit her.

                                           Ashley sits comfortably with the rest of the little dolls!

    Thanks for stopping in today!   Hope you discover pretty things through out your new week!

                                                                                Smile On!     Audrey

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Gift of Miniatures

    Good Day to You!  I received a gift.   Good things, do come in small packages.  Let me show you, ok?

   It's this little miniature crocheted afghan, and a pair of woven shoes.   The crochet is so tiny, it's amazing, and the little shoes, are comfy cute!!

                            A relaxing place to rest and contemplate the wisdom of the ages.

                                             Thanks, ever so much, Hiedi!!!   <3   Audrey

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Little Miss Mess

    A little doll arrived from Pennsylvania one day.   She desperately needed some attention.  Looking almost beyond help, I decided to try and give her a proper cleaning, and a new life!

    She arrived wearing this outfit, so someone loved her enough to make sure she had proper clothes to make the trip.

    The little doll  next to her is a spool doll I made.  She has decided that she is the welcoming committee of one.  She tells  the new arrivals, a good amount of information on what will take place, here at their new home.   Little Miss Mess, is ready for her make-over.

    After some prep, and a great deal of sanding, she was ready for the primer paint to be used.

   Her right hand was nearly gone, so I built up another for her.  Primed her body as well, removing the rusty non-working voice box, and adding a little stuffing to compensate.  She waited for her make-over to continue.  She's 14" tall, and is a Century doll.  Probably dates from between 1909-1928.

    Here she is, all done.  I used the acrylic paints, and crocheted a new outfit for her.  She had cloth feet, so I decided to paint shoes and stockings on her, too.

    A little hat, was needed to finish off her brand new look!  She is no longer called "Little Miss Mess".  I decided on the name of, Heather.   She is truly a little treasure, and adds one more to my collection of restored, Century Dolls.  A doll company once in production in New York.

          Thanks for stopping in today, hope you have a wonderful day!     Smile On!   Audrey

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Train Wreck from Kansas

    Good Morning!  Here he is, Kansas.  I nicknamed him "Train Wreck".  This little guy presented a lot of challenges to restore.

   This little guy, probably dates from the early 1900's.  Composition: head, arms, and legs; with a straw body.  The straw actually looks like excelsior stuffing.   He measures about 15".

   A split head, (major migraine)....a missing foot, and badly damaged toes on the other foot.  He wasn't even able to give a high-five, as he was missing a thumb on one hand.

   He had been through some really rough days of play, from the looks of him.  It was surprising that he had his original clothes still intact.

     Here he is starting his restoration process.  Glued his little head back together, using good ol' rubber bands to hold it together while it dried.  He started to look better already.  Sort of?

   I decided to disassemble him completely, and started the process of mending and building him a new foot. Along with a tiny replacement for his missing thumb.  Used his old body, as a pattern, to cut out a new one from muslin fabric.

        This is his head with an undercoat of blue paint.  It gives a nice tone to the flesh color I will add to his head, arms and legs.

    Here he is!!  No longer a "train wreck".  I let him keep the name, "Kansas".   I used his old clothes for a pattern to make this spiffy new outfit.  I made him some little brown felt shoes.  Here are a few more photos.  Before and After.


    Thanks for taking the time to check on the progress of my, "Jolly Dolly Renovations!"  Hope the new week brings you happy thoughts.        
                                                        Smile On!          Audrey  ; )